In this article, I will tell you what the Amsterdam Travel Ticket is, what the price of the ticket is, where you can buy one, if there are alternatives for the Amsterdam Travel Ticket and if you should use it.
If you're going to visit the capital of the Netherlands, you may have come across some websites talking about the Amsterdam Travel Ticket.
Here, you read everything you need to know about this ticket for public transport in Amsterdam!
Table of Contents
1. What is the Amsterdam Travel Ticket?
- The Amsterdam Travel Ticket gives you unlimited access to the metro, bus, and tram in Amsterdam.
- Besides unlimited access to the tram, metro, and bus in Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Travel Ticket also gives unlimited access to travel between Schiphol and Amsterdam by train, by Amsterdam Express bus (line 397), and by the night bus (N97).
- You can choose an Amsterdam Travel Ticket for one day, two days, or three days.
2. What are the advantages of the Amsterdam Travel Ticket?
Even though Amsterdam isn't a very big city and walking in Amsterdam is lovely, I would highly recommend using public transport in Amsterdam too.
The public transport in Amsterdam is very good, and it can save a lot of time. The Amsterdam Travel Ticket may be a convenient way for you to travel in Amsterdam during your trip.
Since the Amsterdam Travel Ticket also gives unlimited access to travel between Schiphol and Amsterdam by train and bus (line 397 and N97), you can, if you already ordered your ticket online, immediately go to the city center/your accommodation once you arrive at Schiphol!
As I will also tell in paragraph 5.1, it is more common to use a public transport card in the Netherlands.
However, you need to charge such a public transport card. An advantage of the Amsterdam Travel Ticket is that you don't have to worry about charging your card the whole time. You can just use your card and have unlimited access.
Also, for the bus, you need to have at least €10,- credit on a public transport card in the Netherlands. And there's a minimum for other transportation options as well. This may not be convenient if you're here only for a few days.
3. What are the costs of an Amsterdam Travel Ticket?
An Amsterdam Travel Ticket for one day is about €17,-, a ticket for two days is about €22,50, and a ticket for three days is about €28,-. You can check the current prices here.
4. Where can I buy an Amsterdam Travel Ticket?
You can buy your ticket online, but also at multiple places in Amsterdam.
If you want to buy your ticket online, you can buy it on this website.
4.2 In Amsterdam
You can buy your Amsterdam Travel Ticket when you arrive at Schiphol, which is convenient because then you can already use it to get to the city center from the airport. There are also multiple places in Amsterdam where you can buy a ticket
You can buy the Amsterdam Travel Ticket at the AKO's in Schiphol and at the Holland Tourist Information Schiphol. Furthermore, at the Amsterdam Visitor Centre in Schiphol and at NS Tickets & Service the ticket can be bought.
4.2.2 In the center of Amsterdam
You can buy the Amsterdam Travel Ticket at the GVB vending machines, at the GVB Servicepoint, and at the GVB Service & Tickets-desk.
220.127.116.11 Where in the city can those GVB points be found?
The easiest way to get to a GVB vending machine is to go to a metro station. Every metro station has those machines.
For example, you could buy your ticket when you arrive at Amsterdam Central because Amsterdam Central has a metro station and thus such a machine.
Also, some tram stops also have those machines. So if you're near a tram stop, you could check that one out before you go to a metro station.
5. Are there alternatives for the Amsterdam Travel Ticket?
Yes, there are! You can use a rechargeable public transport card, or buy single tickets every time you use public transport. Below, you'll find more information about those options.
5.3 Public Transport Card
In the Netherlands, most people have a public transport card (OV-chipkaart). This is a rechargeable card that can be used in trams, trains, metros, and buses.
5.3.1 Where can I buy a public transport card?
There are many places where you can buy a public transport card. If you just arrived at Amsterdam Central Station, you can for example buy one at 'Tickets en Info Centraal Station' (Stationsplein 10).
If you're looking for a place to buy a public transport card, you can find the nearest point of sale here. At 'you want', you need to fill in 'buy an anonymous card'.
5.3.2 How do I recharge my public transport card?
You can recharge your public transport card at every train station and every metro station. Also, in some buses, at some tram stops, and in some supermarkets, it's possible to recharge.
If you want to find the nearest point to recharge your public transport card, you can go to this page. At 'you want', choose 'load e-purse'.
5.4 Single Tickets
You can also buy single tickets. However, a single ticket usually is more expensive than how much the journey costs if you use a public transport card.
5.4.1 Single ticket for the train
There are multiple ways to buy single tickets for the train in the Netherlands. You can find the prices of a single train ticket on this website.
18.104.22.168 Buy single train tickets online.
22.214.171.124 Buy single train tickets at the train station
You can also buy single train tickets at the train stations. You can buy them at the yellow-blue machines. However, keep in mind that this option is €1,- more expensive than the option to buy the tickets online!
5.4.2 Single ticket for the bus
Most of the time, it is possible to buy a single ticket or a one-hour GVB ticket from the bus driver. A one-hour ticket costs € 3.20 (2020). However, keep in mind that it's not possible to pay by cash on the GVB buses in Amsterdam. In that case, you need to pay by debit card.
5.4.3 Single ticket for the tram
On the tram, you can buy a one-hour GVB ticket. You need to pay by debit card. This € 3.20 (2020).
5.4.4 Single ticket for the metro
You can buy a one-hour GVB ticket at the machines at the metro station. This costs € 3.20 (2020).
6. Should I use an Amsterdam Travel Ticket or should I use one of the alternative options?
Depends! I'd advise considering the following two things:
1. How much do you think that you're going to travel by public transport during your stay in Amsterdam? If you're going not going to use public transport a lot, the Amsterdam Travel Ticket may be a bit expensive.
For example, if you're going to be in Amsterdam for three days and you choose to buy a ticket for three days, it will cost you about €28,-. A single ticket for the train between Schiphol and Amsterdam Centraal can be bought on the website of NS. The ticket costs €4,50, which means that a return costs €9,-. If you're going to buy 3 one-hour tickets for the tram in Amsterdam during your stay, that will cost about €9,60. In that case, you won't use public transport a lot, and just buying a single ticket will be €18,60 which is cheaper than the Amsterdam Travel Ticket (€28,-). However, if you're going to travel more, the Amsterdam Travel Ticket will be more affordable.
2. Also keep in mind, the Amsterdam Travel Ticket is very easy to use. You just need to buy the ticket once, and you have unlimited access to public transport in Amsterdam. So if you want to enjoy the city while having as few worries as possible, and you want to be able to spontaneously jump in every tram and metro, I would definitely recommend it. In that case, you won't have to worry about charging up your public transport card all the time or buying single tickets.
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